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Reinvent the means of control

“We need control systems that shape rather than stifle human contribution.”

Traditional control systems ensure high levels of compliance but do so at the expense of employee creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement. To overcome the discipline-versus-innovation trade-off, tomorrow’s control systems will need to rely more on peer review and less on top-down supervision. They must leverage the power of shared values and aspirations while loosening the straitjacket of rules and strictures. The goal: organizations filled with people whose motivation and discipline comes from within.

66 Stories
205 Hacks
11 Barriers

Reinvent the means of control

“We need control systems that shape rather than stifle human contribution.”

Traditional control systems ensure high levels of compliance but do so at the expense of employee creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement. To overcome the discipline-versus-innovation trade-off, tomorrow’s control systems will need to rely more on peer review and less on top-down supervision. They must leverage the power of shared values and aspirations while loosening the straitjacket of rules and strictures. The goal: organizations filled with people whose motivation and discipline comes from within.

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It is well known that empowering employees can boost morale, engagement and productivity, but surprisingly few organisations are genuinely strategic in taking such an approach.
Story by Vlatka Hlupic on January 19, 2011
Improving how people work in today’s organizations by abstracting collaboration practices and embedding them in email.
Hack by Ritu Raj on June 22, 2011
Fear of long term commitment might lead top managers block projects and middle managers from timely recruitment leading to use of temporary or arbitrary workforce or excused breach of quality targets
Barrier by Torben Tambo on October 16, 2011
Traditional management implies someone higher in the hierarchy is managing my performance. People can only manage their own performance.
Hack by Peter Bunce on November 8, 2012
‘Everything fails all the time’ as the CTO of Amazon Werner Vogels puts it, is a principle which promotes thinking where organisations and individual projects are built on the assumption that there is
Story by Amit Namjoshi on February 21, 2014
Exelon Generation's 12-member Digital Plant Innovation Team had to deliver innovative new products fast for a fleet of 14 nuclear power plants in five states across the country.  To do
Hack by Randy Schmidt on November 20, 2018
We run a strategy and innovation workshop and (as one part of it), have been looking at different ways to view the world, including "shared space".  This is an urban design concept which aims to
Story by Jacki Couchman on June 22, 2010
It is time to abolish the role and title of Chief Executive Officer or Managing Director in many corporations.The head of the senior management team should be a customer.
Hack by Geoff Barbaro on October 10, 2010
Manager’s today are often referred to as insincere, uncaring, disconnected, and unsupportive.
Hack by Maria Pinkling on March 16, 2011

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